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Stay Smart Online Week: 5 Simple Steps to Online Safety

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Stay Smart Online Week is a national awareness initiative that puts online security in the spotlight and reminds us all to set aside some time to focus on the important but easy steps that we can take to stay safe online.


This year’s Stay Smart Online Week is all about simple steps to online safety, with a focus on five key areas: privacy of your personal information, strong passwords, software updates, backing up your important information and avoiding online scams.


Thankfully, there are some easy things that we can all do to dramatically improve how we protect our personal and financial information online, and recover if things go wrong. Even small actions can make a huge difference.


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Simple steps for individuals include:


1. Be careful about how much personal information you share online

2. Create strong passwords and passphrases that are hard for others to guess

3. Keep your devices updated with the latest software

4. Regularly back up your data

5. Look out for suspicious emails or messages and think before clicking on links opening attachments



Simple steps for businesses include:


1.  Keep software up-to-date on your computers, mobiles and tablets to protect your business and customer information

2/ Install anti-virus software on all of your business devices and set the software to automatically check for updates on a daily basis

3. Creating strong passwords and passphrases, or use two-factor authentication (2FA) where possible

4. Regularly back-up your organisation’s data to a storage device (USB or external hard drive) or online (cloud) service

5. Putting an online security awareness program in place to keep you and your staff informed about good online security practices.


For more easy to follow tips, or to find out more about Stay Smart Online Week, visit: or follow Stay Smart Online on Facebook.